Within the crop record of prehistoric Europe record can be found a few species whose botanical roots can be traced to China. Principal among these are the Asian millets, which appear in the west well before cultural contact is better charted by metalwork and other artefacts. In the absence of such evidence, we can instead use methods of archaeological science, including botany, genetics and palaeodietary studies, to understand better this early movement of crops.
This lecture presents the results of a combination of these methods, applied across Eurasia, within the Food Globalisation in Prehistory project.
Professor Martin Jones
George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science and Vice-Master of Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Martin Jones is George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, and Vice-Master of Darwin College, both at the University of Cambridge, and Honorary Professor at Chifeng University, Neimenggu, China. His recent books include The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA, and Feast: Why Humans Share Food.
This lecture was repeated at Washington University in St Louis on Friday, 10 April 2015, and at the Arthur Sackler Museum, Peking University, Beijing, on 4 September 2015.
Chaired by Professor Norman Hammond FBA, University of Cambridge